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Hand Hygiene - Hand Sanitising

Nov 09 2017, 11:45 AM

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As part of our complete guide to hand hygiene we take a look at the second step - Hand Sanitising. For those times when soap and water are not available, using hand sanitiser on your hands is the most effective way to kill many common germs and bacteria present on the skin. In healthcare environments, alcohol based santiser is the preferred active biocide for skin sanitising without the need for rinsing. We have looked at the best hand sanitising technique in a step-by-step guide to ensure that you maintain the highest levels of hand hygiene and infection control.

How long should sanitising your hands take?

On average you should spend between 20 - 30 seconds to complete these hand sanitising steps.

Before you start...

Take off all rings, watches and bracelets before you begin sanitising your hands. Make sure your hands are visibly clean before sanitising, if your hands have dirt and grime on them then you will need to wash your hands first.

Take a look at our complete guide to hand washing.

Step 1 - Cup hand and apply one shot of hand sanitiser

 Hand sanitiser is available via wall dispensers, pump bottles and personal issue bottles that healthcare workers clip onto to their belts for convenience.

Step 2 - Rub hands palm to palm

Step 3 - Rub back of each hand with the palm of other hand with fingers interlaced

Step 4 - Rub palm to palm with fingers interlaced

Step 5 - Rub back of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked


Step 6 - Rub each thumb clasped in opposite hand using rotational movement

Thumbs are regularly missed by people when sanitising their hands, so make a conscious effort to clean these.

Step 7 - Rub tips of fingers in opposite palm in a circular motion

Step 8 - Rub each wrist with opposite hand

When should you Sanitise your hands?


The World Health Organizations "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene" defines when healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene.

Based on the WHO approach hand santising should be carried out:

  • Before entering and leaving patient care environment e.g. ward/treatment rooms
  • Before preparing or handling food
  • Before and after dressing wounds, handling catheters and IV lines
  • Before and after touching notes, telephones, computer ancilliaries i.e mouse, keyboard
  • Prior to surgical procedures, after hand washing
  • After body fluid exposure.
  • After handling dirty laundry
  • Before and after donning sterile gloves
The benefits of using a hand sanitiser:
  • Ease and speed of use resulting in the rapid reduction in the numbers of micro-organisms present on the skin.
  • When used frequently they can be less harmful to the skin than an equivalent number of hand washes.

Studies have shown that alcohol-based hand sanitisers can be less damaging to the skin than the normal washing process. The physical process of hand washing, even with mild soaps, can cause defatting of the skin compared to the lighter spreading action of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

*Boyce et al 2000, Newman and Seitz 1990

Hand Sanitisers

Here at Brosch Direct we stock an extensive range of hand sanitisers from the brand leaders Deb and Purell. We also supply pump bottles and personal issue bottles for those constantly on the move.

 FREE Hand Wash Dispensers when you purchased selected Deb and Purell refill cartridges.

View our full range of hand sanitisers>

Hand Soaps

Step 1 of the complete hand hygiene procedure requires the use of hand washes and soaps.

View our full range of hand washing systems & soaps >

Hand Moisturisers

The final step is to maintain your hands with our range of barrier creams and moisturisers.

View our full range of moisturisers >

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